Last season Manchester United struggled to live up to their previously high expectations under new boss David Moyes. But while plenty of blame was laid at the door of the new manager, the fact remained that the players did not perform to the level they should have in 2013-14.
But there were the odd few out, with goalkeeper David De Dea perhaps the most impressive.
The talented Spaniard was named the club's player of the season last term and it is fair to say that without him the campaign could have been a lot worse for the Red Devils.
Of course it did not start great for De Gea at Old Trafford. At the beginning of his United career De Gea struggled to find his form for the club, often making mistakes and looking naive and unconfident in between the Old Trafford sticks.
But that was a long time ago now, and De Gea has alluded to his more senior status at the club this week on Twitter.
He took to the social network yesterday to highlight the fact it is now three years since he made his Old Trafford debut for the club - and he has become an integral part of the United team ever since.
United fans will hope he carries on improving the way he has in the latest campaign, as they look to recover from their poor start against Swansea City.